PSU Adoptions Therapy program nationally recognized

Pictured clockwise from top: Francine Florendo, Renee Daniel, Kellie Herold, Marion Sharp, Toni Ferguson

Pictured clockwise from top: Francine Florendo, Renee Daniel, Kellie Herold, Marion Sharp, Toni Ferguson

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) named PSU’s Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families Program the national winner of the 2012-13 Outstanding Program Award: Noncredit. This award is the highest distinction in its profession. UPCEA’s national award is not granted every year, but this year’s awards committee selected the PSU program for “leadership and innovation in programming.”

Program manager Marion Sharp and Kellie Herold from the School of Social Work will accept the award at UPCEA’s 98th Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, April 5, 2013.

“This program has been inspiring and has helped guide me in my child welfare practice,” said Asa Gemignani, a child welfare supervisor in the Oregon Department of Human Services. She is a current student in the program and illustrates part of its success: the public and private partnership between organizations that work with the adoption/foster population.

“We have been so proud of this program for so long, and it is such a wonderful feeling to realize that our national professional organization, UPCEA, recognizes and honors the significance of this work on behalf of foster and adoptive children and their families, both throughout Oregon and increasingly nationwide.”  

-Marion Sharp, Program Manager .

“This is a great honor for the faculty and staff involved in the program,” said GSE Dean Randy Hitz. “It is also a source of pride for PSU, and demonstrates our commitment to serving the community.”

In 2012, the Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Parents program gained recognition as the UPCEA Region West Honor of Excellence Award for Outstanding Noncredit Program.

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